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Williams caught out by 'quantity and complexity' of parts

  • Published on 28 Feb 2019 16:32
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Williams' chief technical officer Paddy Lowe says the team's delayed start was the result of being caught out by the "quantity and complexity" of 2019 parts.

The Grove squad's season commenced poorly as it failed to make the opening two days of pre-season testing last week. On the third day, it got its 2019 car, the FW42, on track for the first time followed by another run on Thursday.

Operations have been smoother for the British outfit during week two, managing 100 plus laps on each day so far. Speaking to media in Barcelona, Lowe described in brief detail the main cause of its problems.

"Looking at it as a whole, the thing that has caught us out is the sheer quantity and complexity of parts that you have to produce for a Formula 1 car these days," he said. "These cars aren't the most complicated cars in the history of F1, that's not unique this year.

"It's the case, by definition, every year, because we have ranks of engineers who are very clever and they make more pieces with great complexity and great detail to be more efficient or faster in some way. 

"If you take a look through our museum, 40 years of Williams cars are in front of you. There, complexity is played out, and here we are at the peak. The bottom line, we didn't have all the parts to run a car on day one."

Lowe was upbeat about Williams' second week of running, stating that the team is satisfied with the mileage it is expecting to reach before the end of testing on Friday. 

"Ultimately it has gone pretty well, the mileage, our rate of learning," he said. "We did miss two and a half days and it did put us on the back foot. Barring one issue that we had last Thursday, we have had very strong reliability and achieved the programme we set out to do each day. 

"If we stay on this plan, we will have done the same mileage by the end of tomorrow and consumed all the sets of tyres that we have available for the eight days. A lot of the limitation at pre-season testing comes from new sets of tyres that you have availble.

"To experiment, you need a new set of tyres available, so that becomes a primary limitation. In terms of mileage, we will have achieved the same as what we originally intended."

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  • xoya

    Posts: 583

    He speaks like a "rookie" engineer that came in F1 with a new team to start their 1st season together.
    BS Lowe! BS!

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    • Feb 28 2019 - 18:26
    • Yep, I'm not buying it either. I call BS!

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      • Mar 1 2019 - 02:46
  • This isn't helping your case at all Lowe.
    A-ngel of stu-pid, this isn't working
    No-thing will make us like i-t

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    • Feb 28 2019 - 18:33
  • Sad, this doesn't come across at all well - Lowe is not doing himself any favours, looks amateur time.

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    • Feb 28 2019 - 20:56
  • siggy74

    Posts: 194

    Caught out by the quantity and complexity, more like the awful top mangement messed up...

    That would be who then ;p

    the only thing the team could be quick on is saying Adios mr lowe, but alas that will be just as slow as the car

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    • Feb 28 2019 - 21:06
  • Better not to say anything than to make lame excuses like that. Probably had to say something and hope the sponsors bought it. I don't think so. Yeah, as if you got as much done in 4 days that you would have gotten in 7

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    • Mar 1 2019 - 02:49

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